Hundreds of car accidents happen each day in Seattle. The Zanes Law Seattle personal injury attorneys know that being involved in an accident can have devastating consequences for you and your family. So don’t go through this alone. Contact the accident lawyers at Zanes Law and get your questions answered for free. Our skilled Seattle injury lawyers have the legal knowledge needed to win.  Our accident lawyers have the negotiating skills necessary to resolve your claims successfully. In many cases, you will be able to recover far more with the help of our experienced accident lawyers than you would be able to on your own.

Our Seattle Injury Lawyers Handle The Following Cases:

Zanes Law accident lawyers have recovered over $140,000,000.00 in compensation for our injured clients. This extensive case experience provides our Seattle injury lawyers with the knowledge needed to win. We have helped injured clients recover on many types of cases, including:

Car accidents
Commercial vehicle accidents
Motorcycle accidents
Slip and fall cases
Burn Injuries
Wrongful death
Dog Bites
Construction Accidents

The Zanes Law Accident Lawyers

Our Seattle personal injury attorneys at have decades of experience representing thousands of injured clients. The Zanes Law accident lawyers help hurt victims hold negligent parties responsible. We fight and collect the compensation our clients deserve. Our Seattle injury lawyers believe that people injured by the negligent or wrongful conduct of others deserve compensation. We are aggressive in our representation of our clients and handle all types of claims. These include motor vehicle accidents, catastrophic injuries, wrongful death claims, and highly complex personal injury matters. If you are injured, or your loved one killed because of another person’s negligence, our accident lawyers are available to help you to recover the damages you deserve.

The founding attorney of Zanes Law is Doug Zanes. He has two decades of experience practicing law. Doug has recovered over $140 million for his injured clients throughout his years of practice and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. This is a prestigious invitation-only organization. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won individual settlements or verdicts that exceed $1 million. Less than one percent of all lawyers in the U.S. are members of this elite organization. Mr. Zanes uses his legal knowledge and skills to help his clients win the maximum possible amount in compensation. The Zanes Law organization has a team of dedicated Seattle personal injury attorneys. Furthermore, their sole mission is to help as many victims as possible. To learn more about the help that our Seattle personal injury attorneys might be able to offer to you, schedule your consultation today.

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Common Types of Seattle Personal Injury Accidents

At Zanes Law, our experienced Seattle personal injury attorneys handle a broad variety of personal injury cases. The most common are below.

Car Accidents

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, there were 117,053 collisions in Washington in 2015. Of those collisions, 499 resulted in the deaths of 551 people. Another 36,531 resulted in injuries to 49,505 people. While multiple factors can lead to car accidents, many of them are due to driver negligence or driver errors. The Seattle injury lawyers at Zanes Law are available to help you immediately.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists are likely to either be killed or suffer devastating injuries in an accident.  This is because they have very little to protect them when they are involved in crashes. At Zanes Law, our team understands the complexities that can be involved in proving motorcycle accident claims. We will get help from medical experts, accident reconstruction experts, and investigators to show the liability of the motorist and to build a strong case on your behalf.

Trucking Accidents

Large commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Because of their weight and size, it takes trucks much longer to come to a complete stop. The trucking industry is the subject of numerous state and federal regulations meant to keep the public safe. Despite these regulations, some drivers still cause accidents because of negligence. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the leading driver-related causes of large truck crashes include the following:

  • Speeding
  • Driver fatigue
  • Inattentive or distracted driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Following too closely
  • Improper lane changes
  • Failing to obey traffic control signals

Other causes of truck crashes include defective equipment, improperly secured cargo, and poorly maintained roadways. Our accident lawyers are prepared to help with your truck accident claim. Thus, when injured by a truck driver call us immediately.

Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents can result in catastrophic injuries or deaths. Motorists are supposed to yield to pedestrians who are in crosswalks. Drivers are also supposed to be aware of the presence of pedestrians who are on sidewalks and who might try to cross the street. When cars strike pedestrians, the people walking can die or receive lifelong injuries. The legal team at Zanes Law is prepared to advocate for injury victims of pedestrian accidents, as well as for the families of those who are killed, in order to recover damages for what the victims have suffered.

Bicycle Accidents

Unfortunately, each and every day motorists hit bicyclists, and the cyclists can be seriously injured. Proving liability in a bicycle accident case is complicated. It is common for insurance companies to try to dispute liability while placing blame on the injured party. At Zanes Law, our injury team has represented hundreds of injured cyclists in their bicycle accident claims. We understand how to prove liability and how to show who is responsible for our client’s injuries. It is our advocacy for our clients that secures the most compensation possible.

Defective Products

When people purchase products, they expect them to be safe. Unfortunately, many companies sell products that contain dangerous defects. These defective products injure people who are using them as intended and the victims might have grounds to file a products liability personal injury lawsuit against all of the parties who are responsible for bringing the product to market. Products liability cases are often highly complex. By examining product design, manufacturing, and marketing defects, the personal injury lawyers at Zanes Law have helped numerous clients with their products liability claims

Premises Liability

A premises liability case exists when injuries happen on the property of another person or a business, a person might have legal rights to recover damages. Property owners and operators have duties of care to their visitors. These duties vary depending on the statuses of the visitors. The owners and operators owe the highest duties of care to people who are lawfully present on the premises for business purposes. One example would be the customers of a store. Property owners also owe high duties of care to people who are lawfully present for social reasons. Trespassers will not usually be able to recover damages unless the property owner intentionally injures them (for example, by setting traps). If you were injured while on public, private, or company property, the attorneys at Zanes Law might be able to help you recover damages for your losses.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries. The include fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and lacerations. If you fell while you were visiting the property of a business, public property,or someone’s private home, you might have legal grounds to file a claim. This claim will be against the property owner if your fall happened because of the owner’s negligence. The Seattle personal injury attorneys at Zanes Law will review what happened to you. We will then offer you an honest evaluation of your claim. If you have a viable case, we will aggressively litigate on your behalf. Our goal is to always secure reasonable compensation for the losses you suffered as a result of your accident.

Wrongful Death Claims

Some accidents result in the deaths of the victims. When people die in accidents as the result of someone else’s negligent or wrongful conduct, their families have a claim. They can seek reimbursement for mounting and unexpected losses in addition to their overwhelming grief. Wrongful death claims offer the families of the deceased the ability to recover damages. This money is for the losses they have suffered as a result of the deaths of their loved ones.

In addition to a wrongful death claim, a family might also have the right to a survivorship claim. An estate representative is the one who would file a survivorship claim on behalf of the family. These claims allow people to recover damages that happened after their loved one’s injury, but before he or she passed away. Such damages include the cost of medical transport to the hospital, the victim’s medical bills, and any income losses that happened while hospitalized. When people file survivorship claims, the awards go to the estate. We then distribute the award according to the intestacy laws of the state. Your Seattle personal injury attorneys at Zanes Law understand how wrongful death and survivorship claims work and will fight to help your family recover all of the damages you are entitled to receive.

Defective Medical Devices

Some manufacturers rush medical devices to market without completing the proper testing. Others devices have defects discovered after people suffer serious injuries or die from them. People have received injures from many different types of medical devices, including surgical implants, breast implants, and gastric bypass balloon systems. When people use medical devices, they expect them to be safe. If you or your loved one has suffered injuries because of a defective medical device, talk to the Seattle personal injury attorneys at Zanes Law. We might be able to help you to recover damages for your losses while also working to prevent others from being injured or killed in the future.

Dangerous Drugs

Some prescription drugs seem promising when released to market, but then end up harming the people who are taking them. Dangerous drugs can have design flaws, manufacturing problems, or inadequate warnings about side effects. Some of these drugs cause people far more harm than the conditions for which they are taking the drugs. It can be difficult to take on pharmaceutical companies, drug wholesalers, and others who are responsible for releasing dangerous drugs. The personal injury team at Zanes Law understands how to prosecute these types of cases for our clients, and we aggressively work to represent our clients’ interests.

Personal Injury

When someone’s actions or failure to act injures you or a loved one, the Seattle injury lawyers at Zanes Law can help. In some cases, it can be difficult for you to determine who was at fault for causing your accident. Our experienced in investigating cases thoroughly allows us to identify all of the potential defendants in your case. Our accident lawyers will start to work on your case immediately so that you don’t lose valuable evidence. We will work together with our investigative team to find and interview witnesses, document the scene of the accident, take photographs, gather reports, and do anything else necessary to build your cases. Our goal is to obtain the most favorable possible outcomes for every single one of our clients.

How To Choose A Personal Injury Lawyer

It can be challenging to choose an attorney when you are injured. While there are many accident lawyers who advertise their services, you should take the time to make certain that you choose the one with whom you feel the most comfortable. As a part of your decision-making process, you should keep the following factors in mind:

  1. It is important for you to find out what level of experience prospective attorneys have in handling your type of claim. Make sure that you find out how many years the attorneys have been practicing law, as well as how long they have been handling personal injury matters specifically.
  2. The attorneys’ records with the cases they have handled is also important. Lawyers who have track records of winning settlements and verdicts for their clients demonstrate that they understand how to build strong cases. While it is never possible to guarantee a particular outcome for a claim, knowing that your lawyers are experienced and have strong records will help you to feel confident that they can handle your case.
  3. You will want to find accident lawyers who are committed to you and to your case. Some lawyers take cases and then settle them as soon as possible. This approach could mean that you receive less than you deserve.  Interview the accident lawyers you are considering. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions that you have. You should be able to determine whether or not the attorneys will be devoted to your claim and invested in its outcome. At Zanes Law, our team of Seattle injury lawyers begin working on our clients’ claims immediately. We are committed to our clients and work to help them to resolve their cases in the most favorable manner possible.

What to Do After You Are Involved in an Automobile Accident

When you are involved in an accident, you will likely feel overwhelmed. It is essential for you to understand what to do so that you protect your rights. The first step you should take is to remain at the scene of the accident. Under RCW § 46.52.020(1), all drivers involved in accidents where a person is injured or killed must stay at the scene of the crash until emergency responders arrive. Do not leave because you could face substantial criminal penalties even if you were not at fault.

Next,call 911 to report the accident. Then check yourself, your passengers, and others at the scene for injuries. If someone is injured, render first aid or CPR until help arrives. When you have time,  document the scene of the accident by taking photographs of the vehicles involved, nearby intersections, traffic signals, and other relevant details. Finally, obtain all witness information. Get their names and contact information so that people can contact them later.

Exchange your information with the other driver, but do not accept any blame. Some drivers who are at fault will attempt to blame the people they struck. If the other driver is aggressive, remain in your car until the police arrive. When the officers arrive, tell them what happened. Do not say that you are uninjured. Some severe injuries might not immediately show symptoms because of the adrenaline your body has released due to the shock of the accident. Just tell the officers that you want your doctor to examine you, and make sure you follow through as soon as possible. You should also report your accident to the relevant insurance companies.

Handling Personal Injuries

It is very common for insurance adjusters to contact injury victims soon after the accident. If an insurance adjuster contacts you, you should avoid signing anything or agreeing to a recorded interview. Insurance companies employ insurance adjusters to investigate claims and to gather evidence in order to save themselves money. The insurance adjusters have their companies’ interests at heart rather than your own. It is okay for you to politely tell the insurance adjuster that you want to consult with an attorney before moving forward with a statement or signing anything. After you come to Zanes Law and hire us, your attorney can then handle negotiations with the insurance company on your behalf.

Personal Injury Laws in Washington

The personal injury lawyers at Zanes Law regularly work with a variety of different personal injury laws when they represent their clients. Here are a few of the most common laws with which we work:

  • Products Liability – RCW §§ 7.72.010 et. seq.
  • Wrongful Death Statute – RCW § 4.20.010
  • Contributory Fault – RCW § 4.22.005
  • Contribution Among Tortfeasors – RCW § 4.22.040
  • Computing annual average wage for damages purposes – RCW § 50.04.355
  • Noneconomic Damages – RCW § 4.56.250

There are many other laws with which our personal injury attorneys work when we are representing our clients. In addition to the statutory laws, our lawyers stay current with changes in case law, as well as any new decisions that could impact the claims of our clients.

Statutes of Limitations

When you are injured, it is crucial for you to seek legal help immediately. There are statutes of limitations in place for personal injury and wrongful death claims. The law bars you from ever trying to recover damages if you fail to file your complaint within these deadlines. In Washington, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is three years from the date of the injury under RCW § 4.16.080(2).  However, it is vital to file your claim as soon as possible. As time passes, it’s possible to lose significant evidence or for witnesses to disappear. The sooner that you talk to one of the experienced accident lawyers at Zanes Law, the likelier it will be that they will be able to find the evidence they need to build the strongest case they can on your behalf.

Negligence Laws

Washington follows the contributory fault doctrine, which is also known as comparative fault. Under this rule, plaintiffs who are found to share some of the fault in causing their accidents will have their awards reduced by the percentage of fault the court deems is theirs. This does not mean that your recovery will be barred, however. For example, if a jury in your case decides that you were 20 percent at fault in your accident, your award will be reduced by that percentage. If awarded $1 million, your net award would be $800,000.

Because of the potential to reduce the amount they might have to pay, it is common for defendants to claim that plaintiffs share some of the blame. The Seattle personal injury attorneys at Zanes Law can work to counter these types of arguments so that the defendant in your case will have to pay the damages that you deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions

At Zanes Law, our Seattle injury lawyers spend a great deal of time communicating with our clients. We make sure to answer our client’s questions so that they can make informed decisions. Potential clients ask us the below questions on a regular basis.

1. How Do I Know What My Claim Is Worth?

The value of your claim will depend on the individual circumstances of your case. These include the extent and severity of your injuries, the income losses you have suffered, your ability to return to your job, your future losses, any emotional distress that you have gone through, and your physical pain and suffering. The Seattle personal injury attorneys at Zanes Law will analyze your case and offer you a range of values within which you might expect a reasonable settlement offer.

2. Should I Sign Releases from the Insurance Company or Give Recorded Statements?

Our accident lawyers believe that you should never agree to sign the medical releases your insurance company sends you. Insurance companies will use your authorization to access your medical records. They will then comb through your records in an attempt to blame your injuries on any incident that might have occurred in the past. You should also not give recorded statements to an insurance adjuster. Insurance adjusters like to get recorded statements from accident victims because they want to use these statements against the victims later. Simply decline to sign anything or to give recorded statements before talking to a lawyer.

3. Will I Have to Go to a Jury Trial If I Retain a Personal Injury Lawyer?

While the Seattle personal injury attorneys at Zanes Law prepare every case as if it will go to trial, the majority of cases reach settlements. We work hard to investigate our clients’ cases and to build strong claims for them so that we can convince the insurance companies that they should settle. In some cases, settlement offers are extended all the way up to the time of trial and even happen on the morning of a trial. In others, the cases reach reasonable settlement agreements much earlier in the litigation process. If we are unable to reach a reasonable agreement, we are unafraid to fight for our clients at trial.

4. How Long Will It Take to Resolve My Case?

Personal injury and wrongful death claims can take many months or even years to reach resolutions. While some might settle much sooner, you should expect that your case will take some time. Some of this lengthiness is due to continuances and crowded court dockets, as well as the need to conduct thorough investigations of the cases. Our Seattle personal injury attorneys will keep you updated about the progress of your claim so that you understand what is happening with it.

5. Can I Afford a Lawyer?

The Seattle injury lawyers at Zanes Law accept cases on a contingency fee basis. Under this type of fee arrangement, you will not be responsible for paying your attorney’s fees unless and until we resolve your case successfully through settlement or trial. If our accident lawyers do not win, you will not have to pay any attorney fees. Your lawyer will explain the fee agreement with you so that you understand what to expect.

6. How Can I Decide If an Insurance Company’s Settlement Offer Is Reasonable?

At Zanes Law, our Seattle injury lawyers will value your case for you. We will explain what a reasonable settlement offer might be. If the insurance company extends an offer to you quickly, it is vital for you to discuss it with one of our experienced Seattle personal injury attorneys. If you accept an offer and later find that it doesn’t cover all of your losses, you will not be able to go back and seek additional money.

Contact the Seattle Personal Injury Attorneys at Zanes Law Today

When injured in an accident, it is difficult for either you or your loved one. It is devastating when your family member has died because of someone’s negligence. The Seattle personal injury attorneys at Zanes Law believe that the victims of other people’s carelessness deserve compensation for the losses that they suffer. Contact our accident lawyers today to schedule your free consultation. We will explain your rights and tell you how we can help.

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